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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 0.8 percentage points in January 2021 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Arizona 6.7% -0.1 +1.9
Phoenix 6.4% -0.8 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in April 2020 at 316,267. There are now 156,246 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 135,106 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 24,915. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 160,021 -19,715 +61,591

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.9%
January
2021
6.3% 6.7% 6.4% 160,021
December
2020
6.7% 6.8% 7.2% 179,736
November
2020
6.7% 6.8% 7.6% 190,599
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 7.6% 191,713
September
2020
7.8% 6.9% 6.2% 154,234
August
2020
8.4% 7.0% 5.7% 135,106
July
2020
10.2% 10.4% 10.3% 255,871
June
2020
11.1% 10.7% 9.6% 236,249
May
2020
13.3% 10.6% 8.5% 212,428
April
2020
14.8% 14.2% 12.8% 316,267

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.